Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 January 2008

Comparative data by country The data in the tables below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 31 January 2008. The percentages do not take into account the case of parliaments for which no data was available at that date. Comparative data on the percentage of women in each National Parliament as well as data concerning the two regional parliamentary assemblies elected by direct suffrage can be found on separate pages. You can use the PARLINE database to view detailed results of parliamentary elections by country. Regional parliamentary assemblies
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World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs 44'098
Gender breakdown known for 44'098
Men 36'258
Women 7'840
Percentage of women 17.8%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'025
Gender breakdown known for 37'025
Men 30'364
Women 6'661
Percentage of women 18.0%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'073
Gender breakdown known for 7'073
Men 5'894
Women 1'179
Percentage of women 16.7%

Regional averages
Regions are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House
Single House
or lower House
Upper House
or Senate
Both Houses
Nordic countries 41.4% --- ---
Americas 21.6% 20.1% 21.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
20.9% 17.9% 20.3%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
19.0% 17.9% 18.8%
Sub-Saharan Africa 17.3% 21.2% 17.8%
Asia 16.9% 14.8% 16.7%
Pacific 12.9% 31.8% 15.0%
Arab States 9.6% 7.0% 9.0%

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